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Saint Philomena Healing Mass

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On Thursday, July 27, we will be having our Saint Philomena Healing Mass. This healing mass comes from a personal devotion of mine from my seminary days. At my home parish, Saint James in Erie, we would have this celebration of Saint Philomena twice a year. This celebration asking for the intercession of Saint Philomena was and is very important to my home parish pastor and me. We would invite as many priests and seminarians as possible to participate in this special mass as Saint Philomena is one of the patrons for priests and seminarians. In the world we live in today, all the prayers and blessings we can pour upon our priests and men studying for priesthood is an extremely important task.

Personally, my time in seminary was not always easy. My time in seminary took patience and prayer on my part; it took late nights of studying and writing papers; it took courage and strength. Through all of this, I knew that others were praying for me through it all. The intercession of Saint Philomena was an important part of this entire discernment process.

Not only is Saint Philomena important to me and other priests, her intercession has worked many miracles, some even in our own diocese. Maybe not the miracles that are widespread or well-known, but still miracles none-the-less. In my home parish, many have been healed through her intercession, many have found work, many have found faith in Jesus Christ through this saintly woman’s intercession.

Saint Philomena has also been venerated by many saints, some of which include Saint Padre Pio, Saint John Vianney the Cure de Ars, Saint Frances Cabrini, and Saint John Neumann. Her intercession has been sought by many popes, including Pope Leo XII, Pope Gregory XVI, Pope Pius IX, Pope Leo XIII, and Pope Saint Pius X.

Let us come together under Saint Philomena’s intercession asking for healing upon our community, our church, our world, which so desperately needs healing!

Join our community on Monday, February 24, 2019 at 6pm at Saint Brigid Church to pray for this healing!

Pax et Bonum,

Fr. Andy

Prayer to Saint Philomena

Hail, O innocent Philomena, who, for love of Jesus, preserved the lily of thy virginity in all its brightness. Hail, O illustrious Philomena, who shed thy blood so courageously for Jesus Christ.

I bless the Lord for all the graces He granted thee during thy lifetime, and most especially at the hour of thy death. I praise Him and glorify Him for the honor and power with which He has crowned thee, and I beseech thee to obtain for me from God the graces I request through thy intercession.

Saint Philomena, beloved daughter of Jesus and Mary, pray for us who have recourse to thee! Amen.